Browns Back In Rebuilding Mode
The Cleveland Browns have fired coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert after another disappointing season.
The dismissals come one day after the Browns lost their finale 24-10 in Pittsburgh, completing a 5-11 season.
Shurmur went 9-23 in two seasons with the Browns, who have undergone almost constant change since their return to the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1999. Heckert infused Cleveland’s roster with talent during three years with the team.
Owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner will try to turn around a franchise that has lost at least 11 games the past five seasons.
In a morning press conference, haslam said the team is open to hiring college coaches, NFL assistants, or candidates with head coaching experience in the NFL.
Haslam and Banner did not give a timetable for hiring a replacement. Banner said the team will not be rushed into a decision.